Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

HBO’s History with the CATHOUSE

Lest you forget HBO has a lineup of late night entertainment that it airs but with no consistency. Those programs are all showings of previously aired content. HBO has not premiered anything new since SEX//Now back in January. That changed on Thursday, 08.14 when CATHOUSE: KING OF THE HOUSE premiered. HBO is not a stranger to the Cathouse in question, are you?  If you didn’t know the locale is the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada. Over the years HBO has aired specials and later a series about the house of ill repute in question. It all started with the documentary titled CATHOUSE in December 2002 which first...

HBO Documentary Films: NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS

HBO Documentary Films: NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS

Overview: On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon became the first American president to resign from office. From 1971 to 1973, he had secretly recorded his private conversations, purportedly “for the purpose of historical record,” but in the wake of the Watergate scandal the revelation of the tapes led to his downfall. Presented in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of his resignation and featuring excerpts from the tapes, as well as original press reports and Nixon’s reflections a decade after the tapes were revealed, the fascinating documentary NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS debuted MONDAY, AUG. 4 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT),...

HBO Documentary Films: LOVE CHILD

HBO Documentary Films: LOVE CHILD

Overview: LOVE CHILD explores the growing problem of Internet addiction through the story of a couple tried in South Korea in 2010 for the negligent death of their infant daughter due to their obsessive online gaming. Director Valerie Veatch (HBO’s ME @ THE ZOO) skillfully weaves a tale of personal tragedy together with social commentary, shining a light on how new technology can have unforeseen dire consequences. The film documents the first trial for internet addiction and the subsequent ruling that set a global precedent in a world where the line between real life and virtual reality can blur. Expectations: Well, I did something I...

HBO Documentary Films: THE NEWBURGH STING

HBO Documentary Films: THE NEWBURGH STING

Overview: On May 20, 2009, four men from the impoverished and largely African-American city of Newburgh, NY, were apprehended for an alleged terror plot. They had no history of violence or terrorist ties, but had been drawn by a Pakistani FBI informant into a carefully orchestrated scheme to bomb Jewish synagogues in a wealthy New York City suburb and fire Stinger missiles at U.S. military supply planes. Their dramatic arrest, complete with armored cars, a SWAT team and FBI aircraft, played out under the gaze of major TV outlets, ultimately resulting in 25-year prison sentences for the “Newburgh Four”. Amidst the media frenzy surrounding...

HBO Documentary Films: BOY INTERRUPTED

HBO Documentary Films: BOY INTERRUPTED

Overview: BOY INTERRUPTED is a documentary about the suicide of fifteen year old Evan Perry. The teen came from a family with a history of mental illness; his uncle had committed suicide age 21. Evan had been diagnosed with depression and prescribed Prozac, then with bipolar depression and prescribed mood stabilizers. However, aged 15, he jumped to his death from his family’s apartment window. This film chronicles his journey as told via his parents, Hart and Dana Perry, both filmmakers.     Expectations: I actually remember somewhat of this documentary which I saw five years ago. Since it has not been given an HBOWatch review I...

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY Debuts in October

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY Debuts in October

The exclusive HBO series documenting an eight-city journey into the heart of America’s musical identity as seen through the Foo Fighters comes in October. HBOWatch has given attention to it earlier, but HBO is now ready to make the announcement official.   EXCLUSIVE HBO SERIES FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS, DOCUMENTING AN EIGHT-CITY JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF AMERICA’S MUSICAL IDENTITY, DEBUTS IN OCTOBER   As the 11-time Grammy-winning, 25-million-plus-selling Foo Fighters ready their as-yet-untitled eighth album for November release, Dave Grohl, the band’s frontman — and accomplished director of the acclaimed feature-film...

HBO Documentary Films: DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING THE UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS

HBO Documentary Films: DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING THE UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS

Overview: In Belarus, a country bordering Ukraine and Russia, uncensored art is regarded by the government as a criminal activity and can have dire consequences, including imprisonment, life in exile, or worse. But one group of actors refuses to remain silent. In this film, director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes with the Belarus Free Theatre (BFT), an internationally acclaimed underground troupe of courageous performers who, in a country choked by censorship and repression, defy Europe’s last remaining dictator, Alexander Lukashenko. This HBO Documentary Films presentation debuted MONDAY, JULY 7 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT),...

HBO Makes Documentary Mondays Official

HBO Makes Documentary Mondays Official

For the longest time Monday nights have been the night HBO has premiered its lineup of Documentary Films. HBO officially announced on 06.30.14 that due to a rise in popularity of nonfiction filmmaking that it would now air weekly documentaries year round on that night. So every Monday night either a new documentary will debut or an encore presentation (really just a repeat) will air. Though there was no advertising at the time HBO states the new format started on 06.22 with Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s THE CASE AGAINST 8 followed by Doug Block’s 112 WEDDINGS. Other titles already slated include debuts of THE NEWBURGH STING on 07.21; LOVE...

HBO Documentary Films: 112 WEDDINGS

HBO Documentary Films: 112 WEDDINGS

Overview:  For the past two decades, filmmaker Doug Block (HBO’s “51 BIRCH STREET”) has helped support his documentary work by shooting the occasional wedding. Known for his intimate, fly-on-the-wall style, he repeatedly found himself bonding with couples on their big day, never to see them again once the video was completed. Having long wondered what became of some of these marriages, Block began to track down a few of his favorite couples. Juxtaposing rapturous wedding-day flashbacks with remarkably candid present-day interviews, the documentary 112 WEDDINGS asks what comes after “I do,” exploring timeless themes of love,...

Foo Fighter’s SONIC HIGHWAY Tease

Foo Fighter’s SONIC HIGHWAY Tease

In this new series, Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album. Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl directs the series, which taps into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities: Chicago IL, Austin TX, Nashville TN, Los Angeles CA, Seattle WA, New Orleans LA, Washington D.C. and New York NY. The band based itself at a legendary recording studio integral to the unique history and character of each location. One song was recorded in each city, and every track features local legends. The documentary series now has a title since...

HBO Documentary Films: THE CASE AGAINST 8

HBO Documentary Films: THE CASE AGAINST 8

Overview: The riveting documentary THE CASE AGAINST 8 takes an in-depth look at the historic federal lawsuit filed in an effort to overturn Prop 8, California’s discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage. Shooting over five years, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the powerhouse legal team of David Boies and Ted Olson and the four plaintiffs in the suit, directors and producers Ben Cotner and Ryan White (“Good Ol’Freda,” “Pelada”) have created a powerful emotional account of the journey that took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In May 2008, the California Supreme Court legalized...

HBO Documentary Films: REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO SR.

HBO Documentary Films: REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO SR.

Overview: In 1945, Robert De Niro, Sr.’s work was included in the Autumn Salon at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery along with that of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. The next year, he had his first solo exhibition at Guggenheim’s gallery, an extremely prestigious honor for the young figurative painter. But while De Niro continued to show at the highly regarded Charles Egan Gallery throughout the 1950s, his career began to slip out of the critical spotlight, and he struggled for recognition in subsequent decades. As part of his mission to honor and preserve his father’s legacy, actor Robert De Niro, Jr. reads from De...

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